Global Scouse Day 2021: ways to celebrate at home by supporting local business and helping the homeless

Posted on 28 February 2021
By Shannon Garner
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Global Scouse Day is an annual celebration of the dish made famous in the city of Liverpool and the culture and community surrounding it.

Recent year’s celebrations have seen celebrations through music, art and cinema, but under the current circumstances, this year’s celebrations have had to be adapted.

The team behind Global Scouse Day teamed up with LIDS (Liverpool Independent Delivered Services) to offer the people of Liverpool the chance to celebrate at home.

The Little Shoe, a restaurant on Bold Street who are taking part in this scheme, shared how this year’s celebrations are different, yet their busiest and why it’s important.

Paul Durand, Head Chef at The Little Shoe said: “This year has been different in every aspect of the restaurant industry, not just for Global Scouse Day. We’ve all had to learn to adapt.

“We have supported this day for the last 7 years, but this has actually been our busiest yet. The popularity of comfort food is definitely on the rise.

“It’s been a long, cold and dark winter and we’re all stuck inside and what is more comforting than a bowl of Scouse?”

With the hospitality industry currently closed, Paul also added the importance of supporting local business, he added: “It’s super important to support local business, with everything that is happening in the world right now.

“The big multi-national chains will still be here this time next year but some independents, us included, might not be, without support.

“Every little bit of trade really does help for a small family business so when big events like Global Scouse Day and Mother’s Day next month, pick a local business you can’t imagine life without and order with them.”

The delivery service scheme also gives customers the opportunity to “pay it forward” and donate bowls of Scouse to those in need during the difficult times. So far, 500 bowls have been donated.

Paul commented on the community being brought closer together through acts of kindness such as this: “I really do believe that days like today are bringing the community closer together.

“Scousers are a special breed and we take care of our own.

“People are being really generous because they see how tough it is right now for some people and how that affects our city.

“Over the last 12 months, our regulars have donated hundreds of meals to people who really need them and it is really heart-warming to see.”

With Global Scouse Day originating in Liverpool 10 years ago, Paul made sure to share the meaning of the day to him: “To me, Global Scouse Day is just a really good reason to celebrate our heritage and community.

“The people of Liverpool might not be especially patriotic, but we are fiercely proud of being Scouse.”

Will you be enjoying a traditional bowl of scouse? Let us know in the comments.